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>> it's an issue i know that reverend jesse jackson has made his top priority. it's an issue that 80 things about, and there's a lot of folks -- focus right now how do sort of bring back with jobs going to be with small business entrepreneurship and, frankly, silicon valley. there's been a lot of attention
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on venture capital and what's happening in silicon valley, too. so it's a different world. thank you. spent i think that might be it. >> who else is here from the late '60s our mid '60s the ones to reminisce marks. >> i'm class of 71. and one of the interesting things to me, having been there, a couple of other people of mentioned they were on the college judicial board, i think i was on come in between you, and i think part of what came out of this was, was at college took the position that if an incident happened and there was a racist civil rights element to which it would be considered as a defense, in future judicial
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proceedings. and i was on the board on the first one of those, and it was very difficult to deal with, this issue. it was an issue where i think most of the white students on campus didn't think it was a racial issue, but most of the black students did. and you're on this college judicial board is one of the two student representatives with some faculty members and administrators and to try to deal with this government because you know that the black students involved clearly thought that it was a racist issue. and you knew that almost everybody else on campus didn't think it was and you had to deal with that. we got to the. the most interesting part of that to me was, that was actually the first situation where ted wells was the defense counsel. and i'm a lawyer now and look back at that, being the judge,
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seeing ted wills handled the situation. and one of the defense witnesses was clarence thomas. so you're sitting there, now i'm looking back 40 years, and for those who don't know, ted wells is one of the most prominent litigators in the country. >> he was lawyer of the year i think a few years ago. >> so to be in a situation where you're observing this, and even then, ted was incredibly impressive. really was impressive. he was a year behind me so he was maybe a sophomore or junior at this time. but just to deal with, i will call a repercussion, but what came out of the blocks leaving campus and the rest of the community trying to deal with it, we got through it and it worked out okay but it was a very -- >> you forget how passionate people were, and also i think women talk about how -- our college days we tend to put
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ourselves mentally back there and forget that these were kids. they were 18-year-olds, 19 euros kids. and the judgment you make it 18 and 19 are quite different, the emotions you feel, and some the things that asked for border on ridiculous, frankly, especially when the muslim students came to look at the grocery lists of what they expected the college to buy right down to particular brands of tea that couldn't be purchased in the boston area. that, kind about kids, that's what they do. you push, push, push, see how far you can get. so they were, in fact, i think a black students took over another building in their senior year and ran into another group was protesting was protesting and they had to divide up who got to do their state in where. so the times and i think it was typical. and i think that not in every case can you say that they were always on the right side. in this case i think they were and father broke student and i think history shows they were.
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there were many incidents where they did things that frankly the college should have fought back and said okay, enough already. but i think, you know, when i look back at this time first of all it such an amazing moment of history, and everything from even the fact that the entire football team came down with hepatitis, a case that ended up being written up in "the new england journal of medicine," you had the vietnam war, you had women, many different groups that were fighting to get an equal slice of supply. and to get the chance to see this microcosm with this group of men who happened to do very well. doormen who did not do very well, those of you in class know that there were many dropped out. african-american men, white men, everybody makes it through college and that was a particularly tough time to go to college, and many of them are coming to why college for the first time and discovered that they were, in fact, not prepared. bob, i mention in the book, those of you know him was the
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top student by far active school in savannah, came and discovered he was not prepared for chemistry. wasn't anything to do with intelligence. he had simply not gotten a curriculum that prepared him for the curriculum he had to face that hold across. that thing happened again and again. but to look at the third and to look at father brooks and to look at the network that's been formed at the college and again and again, i think it's a story right now that hope is inspiring to this generation, who might not necessarily remember that period in history, and i hope the future hold across generations as well. so thank you so much for having me here. thank you for your support of the book your and i look forward to, i hope you're in more stories as they go on and meet more of you, so thanks again. [applause]
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>> thanks very much, diane. that was really terrific. certainly puts it all in perspective as we reflect the community on an important era in time for the hold across history. and certainly the determination of father brooks, serving his leadership has meant an awful lot, not only to those talked about in the book but many of us here in the room. and i can't help toughest one little vignette, the last time father brooks was here a young woman asked father, what was the talk down at the jesuit residence went to college, when the vote was taken to go coed? and he posit very, very briefly, and without hesitation replied, well, we thought we had all died and gone to heaven. [laughter] >> he spent an awful lot -- he
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has meant an awful lot of awful lot of people. just as recently as yesterday there was an op-ed piece in "the boston globe," and if you missed it it's a great piece, particularly about father brooks in yesterday school. so i would certainly to thank the harvard club for everything they've done. my assistant whose of against the wall, appreciate everything you do very much. tom, kristin, christine, thank you very much for coming down from the college and being so helpful and to c-span for everything you have done as well. and, finally, oaks will be available for arches, and diane is here to sign the books. and once again that will be back in the room where we had the buffett. there's lots of things going on at the local club level so check the holy cross website in particular, there's a great rapper right now i think for a big trip, a major trip. so it's a great opportunity to support the club and we look forward to seeing you again in march.
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thanks, thanks very much. [applause] >> we would like to hear from you. tweet us your feedback, >> booktv recently visited columbus, ohio, with the help of our local cable partner, time warner cable, to explore the area's rich cultural and literary history. all weekend long we are airing interviews with local authors and tours of prominent literary sites. watch one now right here on booktv. this is one of the most unique in the country in that it's the one collection is totally dedicated to collecting the work of its states offers or information about ohio's people and the state. we were started in 1929 by the first lady of the state, whose
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photograph is here on our wall. and she thought that ohio, well, everyone paid more attention to really sports, even at that time, and they did recognize their writers, musicians and artists. but especially writers who worked so hard, gets a little attention and really contribute so much to our work today, and leave such great legacy. people say is this the history of ohio? the cultural history as reflected in the poetry, the literature, children's books, westerns, romances, science fiction, as well as nonfiction. so it's a very eclectic collection of popular reading material at any one time. ohio has had thousands of great authors, some may be very familiar to people, and they may not realize they're from ohio, and others who i would never
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imagine relationship. for example, langston hughes. most people see langston hughes from chicago or new york, but langston hughes did move to ohio when he was in high school, and finished four years of high school here in, in cleveland actually. and one of the letters that he wrote talks about him going to school, graduating from central high school in cleveland. and that he came back to ohio and he wrote and actually he wrote troubled island while he was staying at a hotel in cleveland. so he considered himself an ohio writer. and when the postage didn't those dedicated to him a few years ago was launched, the national launch was at come in cleveland, the ohio launch was
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here in ohioana. ohioana has a wonderful women's history and women's suffrage collection. but one of the ohioans and actually ran for president, before women had the right to vote, was a tory a. was quite a character -- victoria was quite a character. she ran for president in 1873, and her running mate was frederick douglass. she was a woman way ahead of her time. people often refer to or even as a saint. she believes women should have equal rights. she was the first, she and her sister were the first women stockbrokers in this country. also the first women to own a newspaper. she was born and a small town in ohio. her father was sort of a
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shyster, as they refer to them as snake oil salesman. and family was actually run out of town. they ended up moving around a lot and lived in cincinnati for a number of years. she was married off at age 14, divorced, and then remarried. in her later years, she did leave his country and moved to england, where she was very honored and appreciated, but at that point in time there were lots of medians, and disruption, i mean she was a freelove candidate for crying out loud. that was pretty radical for her day. >> what's the importance of having a library like this? >> well, i think there are several important reasons.
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one common it records what's happening in our time. it preserves the words of a favorite author from one generation to another. in this day and age, people say well, the book last? will everything electronic locks i don't think so. i think it will always be a place for a paper book. but when you're looking at an electronic, so much can be lost. one of the fears i had as a look at our collection is manuscripts that we have showed the writing process. now, information is exchanged between the publisher and author electronically. so there's no record. delete. the same is true with photographs -- photographs. we have photographs that are 50, 60, 70 years old and their in perfect condition. but now what we are getting two people are digital images.
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we don't have the means of saving that, and i'm afraid some of those will get lost. >> for more information on booktv's recent visit to columbus, ohio, and other cities on c-span's local content vehicle to her, visit >> here's a look at some of cupping -- some upcoming book fairs around the country.


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